Dāvis Bertāns Photo: Washington WizardsDāvis Bertāns, a player of the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has not signed a new contract, he is in a situation that even if he had a qualifying round in the coming months, he would probably not be able to participate, an athlete told LETA.However, Bertāns emphasized that he was not yet informed about the final decision of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) regarding the European Championship qualifiers. The next qualifying games for the 2022 European Championship are scheduled for the Latvian national team at the end of November, but there is a possibility that the matches will be postponed to February.It is also unknown at this time when the 2020/2021 NBA season will begin. If December was previously mentioned as the beginning of the next season, then, by postponing the free agent market and draft, the season could start even later – in January or even February.While the athlete is in Latvia, he trains five times a week for 2-3 hours a day. All trainings take place in the basketball hall.“Finding motivation to train is sometimes not easy, because now there is an unusual routine – there is no game. The motivation is that I know – it is my responsibility to keep fit. It’s also healthy – if I just sat at home for six months, I don’t know if I would return to the highest level in the next two to three years. Because this is also my job, ”Bertāns told the journalists.After each training, the team members are sent heart rate data, which shows what the load was, so that people can see that Bertāns is working. “I think that considering that I am approaching 28 years of age and have quite a lot of experience in basketball, the team trusts me very much that I will keep myself in shape,” said the athlete.Asked which NBA team he was following in the playoffs, the basketball player honestly replied that none. “It simply came to my notice then that I was trying to keep myself in shape. It’s not easy – but the motivation is to keep fit because I don’t know when the season will start. At the moment, there is a unique opportunity to spend a lot of time with my family, to which I also pay more attention, ”revealed Bertāns.This season, Bertan played 54 games for the Washington Wizards, averaging 15.4 points in 29.3 minutes per game, collecting 4.5 rebounds, passing 1.7 times, scoring 0.7 times and 0, Blocked opponents’ shots 6 times.For Bertan, last season was clearly the best in his NBA career, and his pay for the next contract is expected to be much higher than before. Before switching to Wizards, the Latvian had a two-year contract with San Antonio Spurs for a total amount of 14.5 million US dollars (12.9 million euros).